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First Session, Forty-fourth Parliament,

70-71 Elizabeth II – 1-2 Charles III, 2021-2022-2023-2024


An Act respecting Pandemic Observance Day

April 30, 2024

BILL S-209


This enactment designates March 11th in each and every year as “Pandemic Observance Day”.

Available on the Senate of Canada website at the following address:

70-71 Elizabeth II – 1-2 Charles III


An Act respecting Pandemic Observance Day

[Assented to 30th April, 2024]


Whereas, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic as a global pandemic;

Whereas March 11, 2021, was designated — by order in council on March 8, 2021, and by proclamation on March 31, 2021 — as a “National Day of Observance” to honour those who have died of COVID-19, to recognize those working on the front lines and to acknowledge COVID-19’s serious effects on the health of Canada’s population;

Whereas it is important to acknowledge the multidimensional effects of the pandemic on every person in Canada;

Whereas this pandemic has worsened the various forms of inequality in Canada and has had a disproportionate impact on the vulnerable people within society and members of historically disadvantaged groups;

And whereas it is fitting that March 11 of each year be officially designated as “Pandemic Observance Day” in order to give the Canadian public an opportunity to commemorate the efforts to get through the pandemic, to remember its effects and to reflect on ways to prepare for any future pandemics;

Now, therefore, His Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

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1This Act may be cited as the Pandemic Day Act.

Pandemic Observance Day

Pandemic Observance Day

2Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 11th day of March is to be known as “Pandemic Observance Day”.

Published under authority of the Senate of Canada

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